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Catherine Money, interviewed by Tom Spurling and Terry Healy, 8 December 2021
Catherine Money was Group Manager of CSIRO Textile and Fibre Technology’s Leather Research Centre at Clayton. In 2001, she was appointed Officer-in-Charge, CSIRO Leather Research Centre.
Enid Plante, interviewed by Tom Spurling and Jean Swift, 17 January 1986
Enid was the first female appointed to the Physical Chemistry Section of the CSIR Division of Industrial Chemistry at the age of 21.
RV Investigator skidding time-lapse
The 93.9 metre research vessel, which weighs 6,082 ton, was moved from the wharf to a barge using a hydraulic system, and then towed to a dock, where the barge was submerged, leaving the vessel floating.
Parkes radio telescope and the Apollo 11 Moon landing
In July 1969, the Parkes Observatory played an important role in history, when it received and broadcast the first Moon landing, Apollo 11.
Mary Ann Augustin
Mary Ann Augustin has had several science leadership and multi-disciplinary project leader roles at CSIRO. Her main area of research is in protein structure and immunoparasitology.
Gerald Lightfoot [1877–1966]
Mr. Lightfoot came to Australia in 1906 and joined the Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics where he was responsible for establishing the Bureau's Labour and Industrial Branch and extending it to the main industrial centres of the Commonwealth.
Malaria Vaccine (1998)
Between two and three million people are killed each year by malaria. A vaccine for this deadly disease has been developed and is now in its trial stage.
Sensor Networks (2008)
Flecks – low cost, low power sensor devices suitable for deployment in large numbers in wireless sensor networks, typically include an 8-bit microprocessor, a radio transceiver and multiple sensors; licensed to Australian company.